[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2021-12-30

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Thu Dec 30 17:23:44 PST 2021

Tweets – Our last walk of the year really wasn’t too bad, though 2-4” of fresh snow did make getting there a bit tricky this morning. Ken and I had a rain/snow showers during our entirely unsuccessful owling, but once we got to the slough on the main survey the day turned out to be pretty good. Essentially no precipitation, a little bit of melting, large numbers of waterfowl, and some good birds made for a fine end to 2021.

a.. Trumpeter Swan – a flock of 8 flew past the Lake Platform heading north
b.. Eleven species of duck – including about 8 NORTHERN SHOVELER
c.. Killdeer – about 10 close in along the slough downstream of the weir
d.. Wilson’s Snipe – at least 7 giving us great looks downstream of the weir
e.. Cooper’s Hawk – several sightings
f.. Red-breasted Sapsucker – one in a fir, NW corner of Dog Area
g.. Pileated Woodpecker – Todd heard one west of the slough
h.. Merlin – several sightings
i.. American Crow – about 400 just before sunrise coming off of night roosts
j.. BOHEMIAN WAXWING – one, without any other waxwings, across the slough with starlings and Red-winged Blackbirds. With Todd’s scope we were able to get clear views of the brick-colored vent and other features
k.. Cedar Waxwing – one, without any other waxwings, alone east of the Pea Patch
l.. AMERICAN PIPIT – at least two along the near edge of the slough below the weir
m.. American Goldfinch – flock of about 20 across the slough, our first in six weeks
n.. Spotted Towhee – 18+ – easy to find and see with the snow
o.. Fox Sparrow – more than 20 – also easy to find and see with the snow
p.. Lincoln’s Sparrow – one along near edge of the slough, below the weir, our first in six weeks
We also had three RIVER OTTERS in the slough.

With today’s MERLIN sighting, we have recorded Merlin on 26 weeks out of 52 for 2021! (Might all be the same bird )

Misses today included Cackling Goose, Anna’s Hummingbird, Mew Gull, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Marsh Wren, and Purple Finch.

For the day, 56 species.

For 2021, we had 162 species, which I believe is our highest-ever total. There are at least an additional 6 species for the park for 2021 based on documented eBird reports. The biggest miss for 2021 was Ruddy Duck.

Looking forward to 2022! Happy New Year, everybody.

= Michael Hobbs
= www.marymoor.org/birding.htm
= BirdMarymoor at gmail.com

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